What type of SMART are you?
The theory of Multiple Intelligences developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of education at Harvard University, suggests that there are eight (8) different intelligences or learning styles:
- Linguistic intelligence ("word smart)
- Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart")
- Spatial intelligence ("picture smart")
- Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart")
- Musical intelligence ("music smart")
- Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")
- Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart")
- Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")
Children are born with the capacity for all different types of smarts. However, we focus too much on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence and fail to give as much attention on the other intelligences. Children with smarts other than brain smart, receive very little reinforcement at home and in school, in nurturing their true intelligence.
The challenge to us parents is to provide our children with opportunities to cultivate these gifts.
How do we develop our children’s intelligence?
Your child needs your help to succeed in life, especially in todays competitive and more complex society. Here are some of the things we can do as parents?
- Expose your child to new experiences. Spend time listening to different types of music together, attend theater plays and musicals, visit museums, take nature walks and commune with nature. The list goes on.
- Limit computer play and encourage them to do active outdoor sports.
- Play make believe and explore different worlds: real or not.
- Buy toys that foster active thinking and imagination.
- Stay away from junk foods and give them healthy food options. Feed them fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy and strong. Drink vitamins and minerals rich milk. Try high nutrients milk formula, such as Progress Pre-school GOLD.
Start now and read more about how you can help your child SUCCEED.